Junior Sailing Program Director - Islesboro, Maine

Tarratine Club of Dark Harbor
P.O. Box 140
Islesboro, ME 04848
United States

Sailing Management
Job Start Date
Job End Date
Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Housing Provided
Employment Type
Summer Only
Work Schedule
Summer Only
Some Travel

Job Description
The Tarratine Club of Dark Harbor, located on Islesboro, Maine, a 14-mile-long island in the heart of picturesque Penobscot Bay, is seeking an experienced Program Director for our Junior Sailing Program. The Tarratine Club fosters a life-long love of sailing in a safe, educational, and fun environment.

Founded in 1896, the Club enjoys a strong tradition of racing and recreational sailing, as well as golf and tennis. Typically, there are 25-30 morning sailors and over 20 afternoon sailors, ranging in ages 7 - 16. 
The successful candidate will lead a team of approximately 10 junior instructors and senior instructors. The program participants progress from the ½ day morning program through optimists. The next level of sailors have the option to sail 420s or join a 420 Race team. The Opti and 420 Race teams compete at local regattas.
Program participants are also invited to participate in weekend adult races on Herreshoff 12½ and the renowned Dark Harbor 20, a classic 30' racing sloop designed by Sparkman & Stephens that is unique to the Tarratine Club.
The Junior Sailing Program Director will develop a positive and inclusive atmosphere for children and teens, providing an environment based on safety, fun, and learning. To get a sense of who we are, watch this video: https://vimeo.com/251018639.
This is a full-time seasonal position, including occasional evenings and weekends. The 2023 program will run from Monday, June 26th through Friday, August 18th.
Director responsibilities include:
Manage a team of junior and senior instructors, level 1 certification required
Train and supervise junior instructors and senior instructors to be effective leaders
Manage and schedule junior sailing activities
Ability to teach any level of sailing including competitive racing
Review current curricula and lesson plans and revise as necessary
Manage program registration process; determine the most appropriate placement for each participant based on skills, experience, and comfort
Manage and coordinate registration, medical, and billing information
Monitor on and off-water safety while maintaining a fun and upbeat learning environment
Communicate with sailing families as necessary throughout the sailing season
Establish safety and emergency-response processes
Manage opening and closing duties for the season
Meet with Sailing Committee Chair weekly to discuss progress
Recommend maintenance and purchase of equipment to ensure safe, high-quality program
Coordinate interclub regattas, travel arrangements and coaching needs for home and away regattas
Attend committee meetings as necessary
Provide quarterly and year-end report of Junior Sailing Program
Potential to race the Herreshoff 12s and Dark Harbor 20s when not occupied by teaching responsibilities.
The successful candidate will be a mature, enthusiastic sailor with a sense of humor and a strong background in instruction, racing, and leadership.
The Club offers competitive salary, housing, year-end merit bonus, and shift lunch.
Job Requirements
Required Qualifications:
● US Sailing Small Boat Instructor Level 1
● Current CPR & First Aid certifications
● Prior sailing instructor experience
● Leadership and management experience
● 420 racing experience
● Previous motorboat experience
● Ability to drive and tow a trailer
● Strong problem-solving, interpersonal, and communication skills
● Tech savvy and proficient with word processing, spreadsheet, ability to learn new applications
● Sense of humor!

Preferred Qualifications:
● US Sailing Certification (Level 3 preferred)
● Varsity college sailor, or equivalent experience
● Experience coaching 420 racing program
● Optimist racing experience
● Advanced Lifesaving/Water Safety Instructor

To apply, please e-mail your letter of interest and a copy of your sailing resume/cv and cover letter to Maria Forney at mariacforney@gmail.com.
Maria Forney
P.O. Box 140
Islesboro ME 04848
United States

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